Who's the cutest girl around?

I am a mom of a cutie pie (very biased). And I wanted to share my experiences with others (including my cuties grandparents, great-grandparents, numerous uncles and other relatives). I love being a mom and can't imagine doing anything else.

Wednesday, April 12, 2006

morning suprise

last night was pretty hard. I went to bed completely discouraged with a not of fear in my stomach and this morning I woke up scared. I went to see her at 6:30 and she was sitting up in her bed. I couldn't even believe it!! If she wasn't in the hospital you wouldn't know she was sick. That, to me, is everything. I don't want her to suffer during this...or suffer as little as possible but still get better. So I gave her a sponge bath, rocker her in the rocking chair and watched her favorite show on TV.

Right now my mom is sitting in the rocking chair holding her and just enjoying the moment. Praise God for the little joys.

19 Comments:

Blogger beth said...

God is very kind. Thinking about your morning just made me feel God's grace in the midst of this. I love you, james, your mom, dad, and Livi.

8:39 AM  
Blogger Heather said...

Even though you are going through such a hard time now, I bet it was such a relief to see her like that. She is not going to suffer through this because she has a wonderful family and friends that are going to help her get through it. I am so happy that you got a little comfort.

Love, Heather

8:42 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good morning Emily-
This is my pray for you and james:

To this end we always pray for you, that our God may make you worthy of his calling and may fulfill every resolve for good and every work of faith by his power, so that the name of our Lord Jesus may be glorified in you, and you in him, according to the grace of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ. ~2 Thes 1: 11-12

he has called you, he is strengthing you and he is being glorified!
love you-
jamie and lyndon

8:53 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I bet that did your heart some good. I am so happy that you got to cuddle her for a while. Yeah!!! Give her a kiss for us.
Eden prayed that you would be able to sing to Livi. So sweet. I am sure that is all you want to do...hold her, sing to her.
We love you!
Les and fam

9:06 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey Emily,

Gordon and I check your blog numerous times each day and call Ken and Leigh with the updates. We check back as soon as we return from any time away. It is great to see God giving both you and Livi a hug right now. Time for both of you to just snuggle and appreciate each other. There is no doubt how much she loves and trusts you. You are a great mother and so sensitive to her. Through all of the fear and anxiety, let God continue to renew you especially in these areas...Livi knows these things about you and treasures them in her.

Gordon and I made a card for Livi. We hope she likes it and that it gets to the right place at the hospital! Hoping to see you today! Love and constant prayers!
Anya

9:19 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

good morning!! what a gift you received this morning!! God used Livi to comfort you in your fear...how amazing is He! i'm so glad you got to hold her close. i really appreciated leslie's words about the Holy Spirit interceeding on your behalf...even when we don't know what to pray, the Holy Spirit can take our fears, desires and needs to the Lord on our behalf. i hope your day continues to be grace filled and faith building!!

lisa evans

9:34 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Emily,

Thanks again for your daily blog. It has been so helpful in knowing what is going on with Alivia and knowing how to pray for her, you and James. As many people have said, I don't have any wise or comforting words of my own. I just wanted to write you to let you know that Lane and I are hurting with you and James, and we are carrying Alivia, you and James in our hearts and prayers.

I can't pretend that I understand why God has sovereignly allowed Livi to be sick, but I trust in His plan for Alivi, you and James.

I have several scripture verses posted at my desk that I read to remind me that I can trust God (I struggle with being anxious and fearful). I thought they might be a source of encouragement for you as well.

"When I am afraid, I put my trust in you." Psalm 56:3

"Trust in the Lord forever, for the Lord God is an everlasting rock (is everlasting strength)." Isaiah 26:4

Much love and care,
Lori (and Lane) Randolph

9:37 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I cannot imagine what this must be like for you and James and all your family. I can't conceive the fear. I can't conceive the pain. You're being so incredibly brave and courageous. You're doing what, I'm sure, you never believed you would be able to. You're enduring the impossible. I'm so, so proud of you, Emily.

I'm sure you already know this, but just remember that the doctors words and conclusions don't mean anything to Jesus. No matter what they find, Jesus already knows. He knows every sick and healthy cell in her little body. Every one of those cells belongs to Him.

He will tend His flock like a Shepherd.
He will gather the lambs in His arms.
He will carry them in His bosom,
And gently lead those that are with young. Isa. 40:11

He will tend James and Emily like a Shepherd. Livvy is gathered in His arms and He is holding her pressed up against His chest. He is gently leading Emily in His way.

kristi

9:47 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Children can be amazingly resilient in times like these. While the big people are going crazy they have the ability to keeping pushing forward. Glad to hear that your mom is with you. Put something in the mail for you and Alivia yesterday...hope it gets to you over the weekend. Best of luck today. I'll keep checking to see how things are going.

Love,
Shannon

9:50 AM  
Anonymous Maryann Plesnicher said...

His faithfulness is new every morning. Thanking God for your morning surprise!
Maryann

10:02 AM  
Anonymous Mark A said...

Hi Emily,

Read in Spurgeon the other day - that he of the Lake of Galilee comes walking to us on the water when the waves are highest and the night is darkest. That's my prayer for you guys.

Praying for you and James and Livi throughout the day, at almost every meal - I have tears in my eyes right now as I read your blog.

Despite my incredible techincal prowess, I have never left a comment on a blog - hope this gets to you!

Mark

10:02 AM  
Anonymous Laura said...

Add me to the list of those so grateful for this blog. Your sweet little Livi has not been far from my heart these past few days. I'm thankful that God used the sweet and precious heart of your little girl to speak to you this morning. I am praying for you all.
Love,
Laura Carroll

10:09 AM  
Blogger Pauline said...

Thank God for His mercies which are new every morning. Imagine, God new exactly what you needed to see to bring a glimmer of hope to your day. My prayer is that the rest of your day goes the same.

10:35 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Through him we have also obtained access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in hope of the glory of God. More than that, we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame, because God's love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us."
-Romans 5:2-5

May God place a hope in your heart and peace that passes understanding. And may His love for you and Alivia become ever more apparent to you.

Praying for you guys.
Sarah Sensenig

10:37 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

We are praying constantly for you guys! Psalm 121 keeps coming to my heart when I think of your little Livi.Thanks for all the details & keeping us posted, it makes it easier to know what to pray for!
Love & Blessings, Brandi King & family

10:53 AM  
Blogger Nora said...

Isn't it great how resiliant the kiddos are? I am sure you feel the burden of her not knowing that she is sick, but kids have the best attitudes! We are praying for little rays of sunshine from Arizona to make their way into your lives... Tell Livi the chickies say hi-- they are sitting below my window munching on grass right now, getting bigger and stronger every day...we hope the same things for her!

10:54 AM  
Anonymous mrs. c said...

dear emily -
hugs & kisses today to you.

take hold of God's Word as He alone will be your source -
please post a prayer list of specific requests of your heart and medical concerns so we can purposely pray for you.

may your hope be in Christ alone, and His sustaining word -
hold fast to his promises and sovereignity thruout your day.

The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases;
his mercies never come to an end;
they are new every morning;
great is your faithfulness oh Lord.

may your soul say today -
"The Lord is my portion" - "therefore I will hope in Him." Lam 3:22-24

a hope in your creator and
not in the creation.

love you dear emily -
tracey campbell

11:00 AM  
Anonymous mrs. c said...

thinking of you today and
sending girltalk your way.

may these words find their way to you today as you currently are experiencing severe trial and i pray you find encouragement in these words…

http://girltalk.blogs.com/girltalk/suffering/index.html

11:17 AM  
Anonymous Donna said...

Emily, thank you for writing your updates. You have an amazing ability to write in a way that explains what is going on. Your friends in Indiana are so appreciative to have this connection. Alivia has the best mom in the world. He sure knows how to match people up!
You know we are praying, fasting, crying with you. You are constantly on our hearts.
Love to all of you,
Donna M

11:59 AM  

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